SAVOR Flowers | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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SAVOR FlowersSAVOR Flowers

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Thorpe429 on 06-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of comzom
3.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle by Sam Calagione at Savor on Saturday June 4th.

I'm not sure what horrible bottle the below D to D- reviews drank but whatever I had was not an abomination. The flowery notes were a bit extreme, but the taste and finish were both crisp and enjoyable. Color and smell were a bit strange but nothing worth calling "vileness" or "soul decomposition".

This is a solid beer but I will level with the bad reviewers and say it is not for everyone.

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Photo of jmfc8237
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This being a collaboration between two hardcore craft beer enthusiasts I was super excited to crack this one open after I returned from Savor. I was curious to see what category this beer would fall into but I'm not sure it can designate only one clearly. That being said I am trying to keep a very open mind, and wanted to see the vision that these two had in mind. As I have read in the letters between the two collaborators on this beer, Jim and Sam were trying to invoke the essence of what Savor truly is into a bottle. A revolutionary concept in it's own right. Savor's beginning were realtivly new 4 years ago but now are massively rejoiced. The pairing of great craft beers with great gourmet foods. Beer is such a versatile beverage it can literaly pair to any cuisine. With all that being said here is my best shot at reviewing Savor Flowers.

First off this was hands down the hardest cork to release from any bottle ever! But it poured a slightly vibrant caramel/ honey color with big bubbles and very moderate lace. Very clear and didn't have any head retention to speak of. lace discipated quickly and I get an immediate burst of rich maple syrup, flowers, and mohogany wood. As it warms a bit I find it presents the floral bouquet a bit more but still has a mask of burnt sugar and perfume.

The first draw was a bit confusing to my senses but came to a multiplex of flavor profiles. Strong biscuit foreground with a pleasant rich herbaceous and slightly sweet aftertaste. Makes me think of a hot toddie that my parents gave me when I got sick as a kid. Maybe that's why I like it so much. Warm alcohol rings your bell as it warms as well as the sweet notes of rosemary and some spice. I find the combo daring and quite amazing. The finish is nice on the tongue with a lingering aftertaste of syrupy waffles and bright, bright!, perfumy flowers. It has the mouthfeel you would expect from a 10 pointer but not the ease of drinkability. This is defiantly against rapid sipping but warms your chest well. I'm a fan of this one and I will be holding on to my Saturday bottle for awhile to cellar.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.56/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

You'd think that two breweries like this could come together and make a good beer but perhaps they are desensitized to great beer at this point and need to reach out to the fringes to taste something. Probably the same way an owner or operator of a porn site is into the really weird shit. This beer was a complete miss for me. I had expectation and hope but was let down. Jim Koch poured some of this into my SAVOR glass at SAVOR.

Beer is cloudy, between pink and amber/yellow if you can imagine it. Almost no head in my pour, some carbonation.

This beer smells like a gruit on crack. It is so in your face with the smell of flowers it is a little scary. Perhaps I should just stop here since I don't love gruit ales.

Beer is like tea made with rose water. The flavor of the roses is overpowering. It is also way way too sweet for a gruit or whatever they were going for here. I don't want to pigeon hole them into a style but this is the second beer I've had made with rose water (the only made exclusively with rose water) and in both of those examples the roses eclipse everything else. I didn't spit it out or get upset. I just don't think I'll hold onto my bottle or ever have it again.

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2.31/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle shared by Thorpe429 via drabmuh via Satan.

Pours a clear oily pinkish copper with minimal head. Yuck. This is the best part of the beer. "It's definitely the clearest of all the beers" says someone in our tasting group.

Aroma of rose, hibiscus, vileness, honey, molasses, soul decomposition, and alcohol. Puke.

Flavor is reminds me of drinking the water of the last batch of flowers I bought a girl trying to salvage a lost relationship with a splash of honey. Rose, hibiscus (again), grass and molasses. Sadness and despair. Booze and awkwardness.

Full bodied and moderate fine carbonation. Oily and slick with a floral, finish. It elicits puke-y emotions.

"When you're drinking Savor Flowers, you just have to own the fact that it's not going to work out," says another tasting partner. Oh well.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.48/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle graciously given to me for being a SAVOR attendee. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip. Thanks to drabmuh for this abomination.
Going to add this as a gruit. Who knows what it is, other than the fact that it uses a lot of weird "stuff."

Pours a pinkish-copper color with a thin white head and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. Nose is floral. Really floral. Quite a few flowers there. Also oddly bready. Lots of stale bread. weird. The flavor falls off the deep end. Yuck. Loads and loads of florals plus some stale bread. Really not tasty. Not getting any of the barrel character. Instead, I get what is apparently rose water. Does that taste good? No, it does not. Medium body with average carbonation. Dry finish and quite floral throughout. Not a good beer. Experiment gone wrong.

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SAVOR Flowers from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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